Quote: "Southampton People’s Assembly launch letter
Over the past month there has been media campaign to convince us all that the economy is, at last, on the road of recovery. This Government’s policy of austerity is working, we just need to stick with it. Even if this were true, and it is not, what are we being asked to accept? A future of continuing attacks on our social fabric, NHS funding cuts in real terms; wages frozen whilst inflation does not freeze; for our youth a continuing future of high unemployment; employment numbers manipulated concealing over a million working zero hour contracts; years ahead of more funding cuts to local government; bedroom tax ripping people’s lives apart. The austerity misery list is endless. It means those that never created the financial collapse will have to continue paying for it. The imminent launch of the Southampton People’s Assembly Against Austerity, will offer all who want to say NO to austerity, a voice. As their founding statement says: “We face a choice that will shape our society for decades to come. It is a choice faced by ordinary people in every part of the globe. We can defend education, health and welfare provision funded from general taxation and available to all, or we can surrender the gains that have improved the lives of millions of people for more than 50 years.” Unite The Union, executive director for policy Steve Turner will be opening the meeting. The statement and a programme of local actions will be put to the meeting, and a Southampton Peoples Assembly Against Austerity will form. To read more about of the statement go to http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/draft-statement/, ......" (go to:http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/ )
Down to Earth
Quote: "Down To Earth Community Farm is set in the heart of Southampton. It aims to offer people the opportunity to interact with animals and the natural environment in a farm like setting. We are based on a 5 acre site made up of a farm, woodland area, growing area, pond, and a fully equipped building suitable for a range of indoor activities. We offer activities for vulnerable adults and other groups on set days. We organise open days for the general public, and have facilities available to hire....
...We are open Saturdays & Sundays
The Farm is open to the general public every Saturday & Sunday. Come and meet Penny Pig, Velvet the cow, and all the other animals, feed the chickens, explore the gardens, bring a picnic and spend some time in our woodland area ,or even join in with any arts and crafts activities available. Opening times are 10am-4pm BST 10am-3pm BWT. Admission prices are £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children. Under 2s Free
Down to Earth has received a £20,000 donation from The Barker-Mill Foundation.
The donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation will provide us with a new kitchen which will allow us to teach cookery skills, healthy eating and food production, as well as the opportunity to open a small café on site. There will also be increased disabled access throughout the farm, with renovation and enlargement of the small animal, craft and wood work rooms allowing for more people to use the facilities. We would like to say a massive thank you for such a kind donation, we are truly delighted. To read more about this please follow the link to their website: http://www.barkermillfoundation.com/ " (go to:
Mayfield Nurseries is a working plant nursery and a social enterprise and subsidiary charity of Solent Mind, located close to Southampton city centre within the walls of Mayfield Park.
Through the sales of their high quality plants, shrubs and consumables, they provide a place for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities to attend the nursery and develop skills and confidence to gain employment, volunteer, or make positive steps towards improving their mental health.
Whether you are looking for a friendly working nursery to buy your garden or commercial plants from, advice and practical learning on horticultural techniques, or information about any of the services that they offer, Mayfield Nurseries’ friendly staff and volunteers will be able to help you whatever your query.
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30 til 16.00, Saturdays (April-June only) 10.00 til 16.00. Closed on Bank Holidays." (go to: www.mayfieldnurseries.org.uk )
Nb. It is important to realise (re: "Ley Lines"), that these coincidences and serendipities came about as a result of the harmonic relationship between the various cultures concerned (and their vernacular environments), actual physical contact developed much more slowly and would have been "controlled" by the adminstration (the priestly class).
Quote: "In The Encyclopedia of World Religions we find the following:
St.Jerome(340-420) said that reincarnation in a special sense was taught among the early Christians and was given an esoteric interpretation that was communicated to a select few. Origen (186-253) thought that only in the light of reincarnation could certain scriptural passages be explained. But it was condemned by The Second Council of Constantinople, convened by The Emporer Justinian in 553, and became for a time a heretical doctrine. "If anyone assert the fabulous pre-existence of souls," decreed The Council, "and shall submit to the monstrous doctrine that follows from it, let him be an anathema."
The "monstrous doctrine" was ofcourse , karma -or The Law of Cause and Effect- as taught by Jesus: "As ye sow, so shall ye reap." Reincarnation as the result of the rebound back into the "soul-sphere" -of every negative thought, word or deed of its originator- was a concept accepted right through from Rome to The Far East, long before Christianity came along"...
...."It appears that Emperor Justinian and The Empress Theodora were not at all pleased at the thought of having to pay for their sins in another lifetime and were the prime movers behind The Church Council of Constantinople, which resulted in having all references to reincarnation removed from the scriptures, five hundred and fifty three years after Christ. Fortunately they overlooked the few scattered references which still remain as evidence for the perceptive reader."...
..."It is therefore evident that most of the "foreign" Eastern concepts objected to by Christians are already extant in their own scriptures. And even if there were no traces of Indian thought in The Bible, then Western Christians must realise they have still adopted something which is -at the very least- a "foreign" Middle-Eastern neo-Jewish religion." From "Under the Church Carpet," "Sharing the Quest" by Muz Murray.
It just gets worse..."Newsnight" (say for instance), want some talking heads to discuss The European Union so they get economists, infact with a determination that Karl Marx himself might have admired such journalists and broadcasters invariably chose to consult...economists (however I doubt very much that Marx would have admired the economists they choose). It is "as if" we are no longer members of a society (a "body politic" perhaps but even that is now infected with the "Matrix-like" ability to transform all politicians into "economists"), for the social implications of any event or policy decision are desublimated to the economic realm. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of foreign policy. "Bani Walid! Mustapha Leak!" (somewhere), but not on the BBC or any other domestic media in the U.K ("He'll be vague, ask for Hague!"). Unfortunately although the U.K population is now able to access good quality news broadcasting services from elsewhere in The World as never before (and the full effect on the U.K population of sudden exposure to broadcasters like, Max Keiser, Abby Martin or Thom Hartmann on Russia Today -"R.T"-, or the excellent documentaries on "Al Jazeera" -for instance-, cannot as yet be assessed), the "omerta" concerning discussion of the true nature of The Yugoslavian conflict and the economic, social and political consequences of "The Wider European Union" which is so rigidly adhered to and enforced by The European Media applies to R.T and Al Jazeera as-well (whose collusion indicates both the true extent of the omerta's influence and it's source).Russia's behaviour (and that of the westernised arab states), which is similar to that of America with regard to foreign and domestic policy dictates that such should be the case, for just as it is not in N.A.T.O's interest to encourage stability in the middle east it is not in Russia's to encourage the formation of an Eastern European economic and political community (whatever did happen to ours?), Russia's embrace of monetarist values and "laissez-faire" ensures that her foreign policy decisions are taken solely in order to maximise short term profits for a small group of people in just the same way as are those of the member states of N.A.T.O." (go to: http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-european-ometa.html )
"Meanwhile The Empire marches on. I tracked down the email for Ukranian President Victor Ushenko yesterday (I managed to translate enough Ukranian online to just about send an email requesting an international relations and trade speach site in english -he's is already a "Twitterer" I believe-). More on "The Kiev Connection"..to follow....
*Of-course this "European Expansionism" I mention was aided and abetted (some might say "enabled"), by the N.A.T.O bias to the spin on international affairs which was instigated by The German Right (and possibly also the U.S Foreign Office, see link given above).
Dear Victor Ushenko poisoned and Colin Powell*..out of a job... Having cruised the Ukranian President's website yesterday and finding online translation for Ukranian nearly impossible (possible only for the very smallest bits of text), when I did manage to email I simply suggested an english version of his important speaches (especially those on trade and foriegn policy). We should keep ourselves (and be kept), informed of developments in the Ukraine it is an international "key-log" in the fight against oppression. Victor was poisoned by dioxins whilst persuing a path of public service, I too suffered similar facial injuries (which subsequently became a chronic condition which has only recently come under my proper control after more than a decade), following an exposure at a commercial incinerator whilst taking pictures of the stack plume at night for Communities Against Toxins Southampton (pictures of same taken by "C.A,T.S" were subsequently published in The Southampton Echo as showing "the wrong kind of smoke"). Nothing has roused the dragon of sectarianism more in The Environment Movement in recent years than either the incinerator or nuclear power issues (we may have achieved parity). I have been privileged to meet both Dr.Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University in New York, and Dr.Vyvyan Howard former Chief Lecturer in Fetal and Infant Pathology at The Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital (go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqMmoQgnXna for his thoughts on water fluoridation). They are adamant, as am I, that burning plastic waste DOES NOT represent a sustainable solution to our waste problem and that it's by-products (dioxins and furans), represent almost as big a risk to human health as do the by-products of the nuclear industry. Dioxins and furans are both carcinogenic and mutagenic and effective at any exposure level above zero, as is plutonium." (go to: http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/whats-that-coming-over-hill.html )
Today on "R.T"...
Quote: "Ukraine’s Cabinet has survived a vote of no confidence initiated by opposition MPs in the Verkhovna Rada. The decision was announced as thousands of opposition supporters rallied outside the parliament building.
Follow RT's LIVE UPDATES on protests in Kiev.
Only 186 MPs voted for the motion, well short of the simple majority of 226 needed for it to pass.
Ahead of the vote, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov gave a speech in parliament, both appeasing the opposition members with promises of resuming talks with the EU and criticizing them over the current unrest on the streets of Kiev.
Azarov’s major bargaining chip was apparently the EU’s alleged readiness to make concessions to Ukraine.
“Yesterday, in my presence, the president of Ukraine had a long telephone conversation with the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso,” Azarov said.
“We have agreed that we’ll go on with the talks on the conditions for a deal on integration and a free trade zone. Both the EC and the EU are ready to consider the issue of financial compensation to Ukraine.”"
"“Today we are speaking about the cabinet’s resignation as of the main task the opposition has set for itself in the parliament. We have the necessary number of MPs to fulfill that goal,” Koshulinsky told Channel 5 TV. The opposition wants the parliament to pass a motion of no confidence in the cabinet “for betrayal of the Ukrainian people.”
06:08 GMT: A large number of protesters have gathered in front of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The site of the rally has been encircled by law enforcers, mostly from the Berkut special police force.
The protesters sang the Ukrainian national anthem and shouted “police with the people” slogans before opposition leaders began to deliver their speeches.
Smaller groups of protesters have been seen by the offices of the Cabinet of Ministers, the National Bank and the government.
00:28 GMT:The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine says that police are allocating staff tasked with patrolling the streets and identifying provocateurs and violators of public order.
“The police is ready to respond to all your requests and create with the public joint patrols in crowded event areas held in order to identify violators of public order. The police are prepared to allocate sufficient staff,” the ministry’s statement reads."
Quote: "2. Lockerbie, a conspiracy? One becomes even more convinced of the involvement of "The Home Powers" (Britain and America), when one witnesses the amount of what can only be described as "under-carpet sweeping" which has accompanied N.A.T.Os involvement in Libya ("N.A.T.O" = "Now Actively Treacherous Oligarchy"?). 3. The Mull of Kintyre? What did happen? I'm moved to quote both Holmes and Occam concerning this Gordian Knot, for having dismissed "the possible" ones' "improbable" conclusion is that the death of many of Britain's top (at least in terms of "The Irish Campaign"), military and security service personnel was at the end of a very "long-knife" indeed, reaching (as it must have), all the way from the (again), dear old "U.S". of "A". 4. The Channel Tunnel? (go to; http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/has-integrity-of-channel-tunnel-always.html)" (go to: http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-threat-to-amphibians.html )
Quote: "When the Libyan intelligence operative Abdel Baset al-Megrahi eventually dies of the prostate cancer that so controversially won him his freedom from a Scottish prison, his death will trigger headlines around the world.
But few tears will be shed for the only man ever found guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 – until 9/11, the most lethal terrorist attack ever on American civilians.
Certainly not by the American families, who felt shock and revulsion at al-Megrahi's release. Nor by American politicians, infuriated at the long list of British and Scottish officials who have refused to testify before a Senate committee investigating possible backroom deals involving Scottish and British officials, British commercial interests and the Libyan government.
Yet by the accounts of those who knew him best, the convicted man himself will go to his grave insisting he was innocent of the murder of the 270 passengers, crew and residents, who perished at Lockerbie in Scotland, that December night.
Drawing exclusively on a previously confidential, legal report, The Pan Am Bomber reveals the evidence that would have been presented in al-Megrahi's stillborn appeal against his conviction.
Our investigation is backed up by 97 gigabytes of official documents, whistleblower testimony and photographic evidence - all of which will explain why and how al-Megrahi's conviction was fatally flawed. It reveals how the chain of evidence used to convict al-Megrahi was broken and, in at least one crucial instance, tampered with.
It also shows why it was in the interest of all of the parties (except the convicted man himself) to make sure that the appeal was never heard." (go to: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/general/2011/06/201169134738626549.html for video)
Quote: "Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue
Blogpost by David Suzuki - December 2, 2013 at 15:00
Early November marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic murder of outspoken writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian government. Saro-Wiwa and the others had waged a long campaign to stop multinational oil company Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the lands of the Ogoni people in the Niger delta.
Nigerian military harassed and intimidated members of the Ogoni community for years because they opposed Shell’s drilling program. Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues defended their communities and local environment from a notoriously toxic industry. In November 1995, a special court established by the military government illegally detained and tried them on spurious charges. Convicted without due process, they were executed 10 days later, despite enormous international outcry.
Sadly, this is not an isolated occurrence. A recent report by human rights organization Global Witness documents the murders of more than 700 environmental and Indigenous-rights activists over the past decade – more than one killing a week, on average. They reviewed databases, academic studies and news reports, and consulted with the United Nations and other international agencies. They found citizens are often harassed, intimidated, beaten up, sexually assaulted and sometimes killed for opposing endangered wildlife poaching, illegal logging, dams and activities of foreign mining companies – including some Canadian firms.
I experienced this reality in 1988 when we interviewed rubber tapper Chico Mendes about his battle to save the Amazon rainforest in Brazil for The Nature of Things. He was assassinated two weeks later. The following year, Kaiapo Chief Paiakan asked me to help stop a dam proposed for Altamira, Brazil. My wife, Tara, and I helped raise $70,000 for a demonstration, and the World Bank was persuaded to withdraw its project loan. Paiakan was then subjected to death threats. We brought him and his family to Vancouver until the danger subsided.
Many instances of persecution and killing have occurred in countries with atrocious human rights records, such as Sri Lanka, Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Yet surprisingly, most attacks on environmentalists have been in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines, with democratically elected governments, independent judiciaries and other institutions intended to protect their citizens’ rights to voice concerns about the environment without facing harassment, intimidation and violence. These countries have also signed international agreements to protect human rights, like the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As the recent incarceration of 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists by Russian authorities clearly demonstrates, human rights are vulnerable at a time when governments aggressively promote the interests of corporations over a healthy environment, and are willing to use heavy-handed tactics to ensure people who disagree don’t stand in the way." (go to http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/arrests-show-attempts-to-silence-environmentalists/blog/47574/ )
Quote: "I have been privileged to meet both Dr.Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry at
St. Lawrence University in New York,
and Dr.Vyvyan Howard former Chief Lecturer in Fetal and Infant Pathology at The Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital (go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqMmoQgnXna for his thoughts on water fluoridation). They are adamant, as am I, that burning plastic waste DOES NOT represent a sustainable solution to our waste problem and that it's by-products (dioxins and furans), represent almost as big a risk to human health as do the by-products of the nuclear industry. Dioxins and furans are both carcinogenic and mutagenic and effective at any exposure level above zero, as is plutonium.
*The subtley of whom when leaving the Bush administration, in his recognition of the then -very- imminent threats to Ukranian sovereignty, was not lost on this observer.
Why is it that our local councils can only afford to collect our recyclable and non-recycled goods seperately on a fortnightly basis?
The answer is that the government invests half the waste management budget in municipal waste incineration.
Government investment in the incinerator option meant that the current Unitary Authority of Southampton was presented with a 'fait accompli', before the dissolutionment of The Former Hampshire County Council and therefore before a Southampton area majority against the decision could become effective in council. A process in which certain media institutions in the city colluded.
Everywhere incinerators scrounge oil based wastes from the waste stream. In N.Ireland a member of The Environment Commitee in the national government, who had made his name in the waste management business, was exposed as flogging non-sorted waste from his recycling plant to the municipal waste incinerator in Liverpool!
The national government invests half our money in recycling (really?), and half in incineration. Unfortunately one represents a sustainable technology the other does not (think about it, oil is consumed it is never re-used in the incineration process).
No one has so far stood to account for the Liverpool Incinerator's actions, again why?
(Materials Reclamation Facility known as "Murph", never buy a used anything from this Irishman!)
The oxymoron that is "An Unsustainable Economy" will surely be understood as such by any generations we may be fortunate enough to be the antecedants of.
Also, I too was in favour of waste incineration when the idea was first mooted in the early '80s, however logical analysis shows (as it does with the Nuclear Power/CO2 production debate), that the philosophy which informs the idea is (unfortunately), redundant."
Comment. "What's that Coming Over The Hill?"'s initial posts were in the August of 2009 -incidently
well before "Fukushima"-, when the profile of Geenpeace had been "labouring in the doldrums" for some years, things are evidently improving, I still maintain however that their profile (and that of "Friends of The Earth" -as stated in the piece-), is woefully inadequate when it comes to the issues of the environmental impacts of both radio-active isotopes/nuclides and dioxins/furans.